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Used Ford Fiesta

Since its launch in 1976, the Ford Fiesta has provided an affordable, entry-level car to countless drivers – becoming one of the most popular cars in the world. Practical and versatile, the Ford Fiesta is now in its seventh generation, meaning there are plenty of used Ford Fiesta's on the market today. Newer models are smoother and quieter, but a wide range of engines and trim levels mean there's almost certainly a used Ford Fiesta suitable for you.

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Is the Ford Fiesta a good car?

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Additional words by: Dan Trent

"All good things come to an end and so it is with the Fiesta, which is now heading for retirement as Ford gears up for full electrification. The increasing difficulty of making money on small cars is another motivation, which is a shame because the Fiesta has always combined affordability with sharp driving manners and an unpretentious sense of style. For this final hurrah Ford has packed in an impressive range of technology behind the updated face (the blue oval logo now on the grille itself), it being somewhat bittersweet that this last of the line remains a superlative small car and just as relevant as it always has been."

4.5

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Running costs for a Ford Fiesta

3/5

Unlike the Vauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208, the Fiesta doesn’t offer an all-electric version. Nor is it offered with an efficient diesel engine any more. Instead, there’s a choice of petrol engines including one with a mild hybrid system (branded ‘MHEV’) to reduce fuel consumption. It won’t drive the car on electric power alone like a Renault Clio hybrid or Toyota Yaris but it helps deliver an efficient performance boost by taking the strain off the petrol engine and making the start-stop system work more effectively. If our experiences are anything to go by resulting ‘real world’ fuel consumption figures are pretty much on a par with the more expensive Toyota and Renault, and a pragmatic way of making your money go further in terms of day-to-day running costs.

Reliability of a Ford Fiesta

3/5

Ford has a solid reputation for reliability, and the Fiesta is also well regarded. The engines are used to good effect elsewhere in the Ford range and have proven fairly bulletproof, while the technology also has an untarnished track record. For those worried about longevity, Ford offers customers a three-year warranty for everything except wear-and-tear items such as tyres and brakes, while customers have the option to purchase an extended warranty either through Ford or a third party. Rivals such as Kia and Hyundai offer longer warranties of seven and five years respectively, but the Ford offering is pretty standard for the industry.

Safety for a Ford Fiesta

3/5

Whether through customer expectation or regulation, the requirement to add increasingly complex driver assistance technology is one of the reasons Ford and others are struggling to make small cars like the Fiesta economically viable. Which is reflected in the fact you have to pay extra for a Driver Assistance Pack to get even the automatic emergency braking system nearly all modern cars now have as standard. The pack isn’t too expensive and this and various other options can add an impressive range of technology, though. But the gizmo count looks basic against newer rivals.

How comfortable is the Ford Fiesta

4/5

Though still a small car the modern-day Fiesta drives like a much bigger one, and feels a lot more substantial than its predecessors. Indeed, back in the day you probably wouldn’t have taken one much beyond city limits but, in its fancier trim levels, a modern Fiesta has proper big car features and refinement. In typical Ford fashion it also proves cars don’t have to be fancy or expensive to be rewarding to drive, either, the sharp responses to the controls and natural sense of fun as enjoyable on city streets as they are on twisty country roads. Depending on your priorities there are three different set-ups to choose from, ranging from the standard suspension to the raised arrangement on the Active versions. While the latter is meant to offer additional clearance for bumpy car parks and the like it might also be preferable for the stiffer boned who find taller-riding cars easier to get in and out of. Going the other way ST-Line like the one you see here has a sportier setting, which makes the handling more fun but can give you a jolt over sharper bumps, especially on the larger wheel options. Credit to Ford for offering the choice, though it is another thing to think about wh